Boston challenges its 2020 census data
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The city of Boston joined the ranks of other major cities on Tuesday challenging their 2020 census figures, saying the once-a-decade U.S. tally that determines political power and federal funding has missed college students, people born in abroad and inmates of correctional institutions.
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said the city is challenging the census results through a special program set up by the US Census Bureau for disputes over the number of people living in dormitories, prisons, retirement homes and other congregate neighborhoods where unrelated people live together.
People living in group housing were among the hardest populations to count when tallying US residents that determines how many congressional seats each state gets as well as how $1.5 billion in federal spending is allocated each year. The pandemic has hampered the Census Bureau‘s ability to obtain information on these residents since campus students were sent home when the pandemic began in the United States in March 2020, and prisons and nursing homes were closed. closed against the spread of the coronavirus.
THE UNITED STATES HAS BECOME MORE DIVERSIFIED, METRO AREAS HAVE GROWED IN THE LAST DECADE, CENSUS DATA SHOW
Boston is home to Northeastern University, Boston University, Emerson College, and Suffolk University. It also houses off-campus students from other schools in the metro area such as Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, and Boston College.
Boston officials believe the census missed 6,000 students and 500 inmates at two correctional facilities.
“Boston deserves an accurate census in every neighborhood and community,” Wu said in a statement. “This tally is the basis for assessing the needs of all of our communities, ensuring Boston receives crucial federal resources, and it should reflect our full counts.”
Boston joins Austin, Detroit and Memphis among the largest US cities challenging their census results. Several dozen small towns, cities and villages have also filed challenges.
BLACKS AND HISPANIKS UNDERCOUNTED IN THE 2020 US CENSUS
Nothing can be done to change the distribution of congressional seats among states, or change the data used to redraw political districts. However, any changes resulting from a review of the number of group dwellings can be used for future population estimates and surveys that help allocate federal resources.